To achieve sustainable design, material selection, and construction are no different to those required to achieve any other aspect of good design. The process relies on an understanding of the potential environmental issues, to compliment and contextualise what is already known among these professional experts.
Sustainable construction has straightforward aims: to minimise waste on and off site; reuse materials and make use of those reused or recycled; avoid complex components that are difficult to recycle at end of life; and choose construction systems that can be delivered by local operatives by existing or new skill sets.
Design is a holistic process that seeks to create the best solution across a broad range of requirements, which includes social and economic sustainability as well as environmental responsibility. A good designer will always look first at exploiting the opportunities of the site and the client's brief to produce a building which, as far as possible, works passively to minimise energy and resource use. The next step is to incorporate technologies for minimising resource demand that are appropriate to the site, the building occupants’ needs and their capacity to manage and operate them. Also, designing to enable future change of use, easy maintenance, and eventual disassembly and reuse will lengthen the lifespan of a building and minimise its overall impact.
EAUC-Scotland's Sustainable Construction Topic Support Network (TSN) is open to all, providing an opportunity for those working in or with the further and higher education sector to share ideas and questions and to get together to hear from particular speakers or discuss topics of interest.
The EAUC Annual Conference 2015 programme in full!
This presentation is from the “Challenging Connections” EAUC Annual Conference 2015, presented by BRE Global and falls under the Estates and Operations Stream.
This TSN was organised in association with The Academy of Hair, Beauty, Sport & Fitness at Fife College, and hosted at their Halbeath Campus in Dunfermline on the...
The survey and accompanying report, which is based on the views of internal and external facilities managers (FMs), says 60% of respondents believe their organisation is...
The British Institute of Facilities Management (BIFM) Sustainability Survey, now in its seventh year, provides a barometer on the facilities management (FM) sector’s...
The aim of the proposed amendment was to embed in the Scottish Building Regulations a requirement for the sustainability labelling of new buildings.
Plymouth University present their 2014 Sustainability Report.
AUDE's winter 2015 issue includes new £50m state-of-the-art building goes ahead at UWE and first zero carbon Business School in the UK to open at Essex.
In this EAUC Member Spotlight, see how South West College continues to grow with an ever-evolving sustainability movement across campuses in Cookstown, Dungannon, Enniskillen...
In this EAUC Member Spotlight, see how Southampton Solent University is working ever harder to achieve the emission reduction targets set in its Carbon Management Plan.
In this EAUC Member Spotlight, see how d+b facades UK are transforming the estate through innovative design and builds.
Part of the mini case study series, "Approaches to fair trade in educational institutions in 2015".
With the Bridging the Centuries Project JPA Furniture helped Pembroke College Oxford achieve their aim to create an inspirational and impressive venue
University of London present their 2014 Annual Sustainability Report
This is the fourth in a series from Bill Mollison's "Global Garden", centered around urban life.
This case study focuses on Managing Facilities and Estates following research in 2014 into the way the FE sector in Wales is embracing the concept of sustainable development
The 2014 Green Gown Awards Winners’ Brochure which explores the journeys all these institutions have taken.
Worcester Royal Infirmary, the primary teaching and surgical hospital in Worcestershire until it closed in 2002 lay derelict for eight years and has now been sensitively restored
Edinburgh’s historic Old High School has been transformed into an award winning, energy efficient hub for knowledge, innovation and skills.
The Julian Study Centre is an ambitious structure that solidifies a holistic approach to new teaching and seminar spaces